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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1969
    Reference No: 6264, inner caseback stamped 6241 & C.R.S
    Case No: 2’425’681
    Model Name: Cosmograph Daytona, "Paul Newman"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 727, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, stamped 7205, endlinks stamped 60, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp, stamped 3.71
    Dimensions: 37 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Amongst all of the Cosmograph Daytona references, the ref. 6264 is generally regarded as one of the most exclusive and rarest that were ever serially manufactured by Rolex. In production for a few years in the early 1970s together with its sister model the ref. 6262, these two models were fitted with the upgraded Valjoux movement cal. 727.

    The luminous dots of this example have aged to a pleasing warm creamy tone, making the present lot an indelibly eye-catching and attractive wristwatch. The condition and quality of the watch are
    outstanding, which posit this "Paul Newman" at the very top of the tree.

    The rarity, well-preserved quality, and absolutely stunning dial allow the present watch to be one of the most collectable "Paul Newman" Daytonas to appear on the market. Intriguingly, the present
    watch is only 27 numbers away from the example sold at the Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 6264, inner caseback stamped 6241 & C.R.S
A highly rare, attractive and well-preserved stainless steel chronograph with “Paul Newman” white dial, tachymeter bezel and bracelet

Circa 1969
37 mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

HK$1,600,000 - 3,200,000 

Sold for HK$1,750,000

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Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019